To save one life is to save the world A true story about the Rigan Žanis Lipke, who hid dozens of people during the war. No one could have predicted that Žanis Lipke would become a hero. During the day, he worked at the storage facility of German military aviation and at night was busy transporting illegal goods. When Nazis began persecuting and killing Rigans, he made a promise to himself, which could have proved lethal both for himself and his wife and son. Literally under the noses of German soldiers, he took more than fifty people to safety. He made a makeshift shelter for them in his own home. What was the secret behind Lipke's courage – was he simply a risk taker and spiteful daredevil? Or did he have a gift for human compassion even under extreme conditions? Director Dāvis Sīmanis tells the story of real events from the Second World War, a first for Latvian cinema. The film is loosely based on the novel The Boy with the Dog: the Story of a Well-Preserved Secret by Inese Zandere and was made within the framework of the programme Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary of the National Film Centre of Latvia.
DOP: Andrejs Rudzāts
Original language: lv, de, yiSubtitles: lv, ruTranslation in headphones: en